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Guidelines for staff returning to work

These guidelines have been developed to support staff members in returning to work in university buildings to enable them to work safely and to protect themselves, students and their families.

The general advice to minimise risk associated with Covid-19 remains:

  1. If you are displaying symptoms, you must self-isolate for seven days and inform your line manager
  2. Good hand hygiene is key to preventing the spread of the virus, you should wash your hands regularly with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds
  3. Coughs and sneezes should be covered with a tissue and disposed of immediately (into your elbow if no tissue) followed by the washing of hands
  4. Individuals should always attempt to maintain a distance of two metres from others

In accordance with the current Government guidelines, those who can undertake their role from home are being asked to continue to do so for the foreseeable future. By reducing the number of people present in the workplace, the university can ensure that we maintain effective social distancing.

However, we are now in position where some staff members, who work in business-critical areas and are not able to undertake their roles from home, will be invited to return to the workplace. At this stage staff members should only return to the workplace if they have been invited to by their line manager. During this period, you may be invited to return to the workplace for a short period of time to complete a specific activity or asked to attend only on certain days or at certain times.

Our priority remains staff and students’ health and wellbeing, both for those who continue to work from home and for those who are returning to the workplace.

We are aware that this unprecedented situation is affecting staff members in different ways. We are committed to being as flexible as we possibly can to support you in the challenge of returning to work. If you have any concerns, please speak to your line manager or HR Business Partner who will provide advice and support.